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John Edward Williams Papers

Papers, 1944-1985

Manuscript Collection 716



INFORMATION ABOUT JOHN EDWARD WILLIAMS

John Williams, novelist and poet, was born on August 29, 1922, in Clarksville, Texas. After holding various positions with newspapers and radio stations in the Southwest, Williams enlisted in the USAF early in l942, spending two and a half years as a sergeant in India and Burma.  Several years after the war, Williams enrolled in the University of Denver, where he received his B.A. in 1949 and an M.A. in l950.  During this period, his first novel, Nothing But the Night, was published (l948), and his first volume of poems, The Broken Landscape, appeared the following year. In the fall of 1950, Williams went to the University of Missouri, where he taught and received a Ph.D. in 1954.  In the fall of l955, Williams took over the directorship of the creative writing program at the University of Denver.  Williams's second novel, Butcher's Crossing, was published by Macmillan in l960, followed by English Renaissance Poetry, an anthology published in 1963 by Doubleday which he edited and for which he wrote the introduction.  His second book of poems, The Necessary Lie, appeared in l965 and was published by Verb Publications.  In l965 he became editor of University of Denver Quarterly (later Denver Quarterly) until l970.  In l965, Williams's third novel, Stoner, was published by Viking Press, and his fourth novel, Augustus, was published by Viking Press in l973 and won the prestigious National Book Award for that year.  All of his novels, as well as English Renaissance Poetry, have been reissued by the University of Arkansas Press.  After retiring from the University of Denver in l986, Williams moved with his wife, Nancy, to Fayetteville, Arkansas, where he resided until he died of respiratory failure on March 3, 1994.  A fifth novel, The Sleep of Reason, was left unfinished at the time of his death.


INFORMATION ABOUT THE COLLECTION

The Williams collection contains extensive personal and official correspondence; notes and manuscripts of all the novels; drafts of the majority of poems; classroom material; official documents; photocopies of newspaper clippings; printed material; essays on JW; interviews; photographs; and a scrapbook.  A large map of central Colorado (1873 and 1874) has been placed in the Map Collection.

John Edward Williams of Fayetteville, Arkansas, donated his papers to Special Collections October l3, l987.

Prepared by Anne Marie Candido, Special Collections Division, University of Arkansas Libraries, Fayetteville, Arkansas, in March 1992.


CONTENTS OF THE COLLECTION (11 linear feet; 30 containers)

Series 1. Vitae and Bibliographies, 1968-1985.  Box 1, Folder 1.

Series 2. Personal Correspondence, 1944-1985.  Box 1, Folders 2-15; Boxes 2-3.

 Subseries 1. Literary Personalities, l944-l985.
 Subseries 2. Readers of JW's Works (i.e., Fan Mail), l948-1984.
 Subseries 3. Hometown Residents and JW's Former High School Teachers, l960-l978.
 Subseries 4. Miscellaneous Personal Correspondence, l944-l948.

Series 3. Professional Correspondence, 1946-1985.  Boxes 4-7.

 Subseries 1. Publishing Correspondence, 1946-1985.
 Subseries 2. JW as editor, 1947-1980.
 Subseries 3. National Awards, Honors, and Grants Received, 1966-1985.
 Subseries 4. Evaluations and Recommendations of Candidates for Awards, Grants, and Publications, 1931-1982.
 Subseries 5. Visiting Academic Appointments, Readings, Lectures, 1957-1984.
 Subseries 6. University of Denver, 1949-1984.
 Subseries 7. Letters of Recommendation, 1957-1985.
 Subseries 8. Soliciting Various Opinions from JW, 1959-1985.
 Subseries 9. Miscellaneous Professional Correspondence, 1954-1983.

Series 4. Manuscripts and Notes: Prose.  Boxes 8-21; Box 22, Folders 1-5.

 Subseries 1. Novels.
 Subseries 2. Short Stories.
 Subseries 3. Thesis, Dissertation, Essays.
 Subseries 4. Lectures.
 Subseries 5. Book Review.
 Subseries 6.  Reader's Reviews for University of Arkansas Press.

Series 5. Manuscripts and Notes: Poetry.  Box 22, Folders 6-13; Box 24.

 Subseries 1. Collections.
 Subseries 2. Individual Poems.
 Subseries 3. Translations.

Series 6. Classroom Lecture Notes, Handouts, and Exams (University of Denver).  Box 25, Folders   1-4.

Series 7. Financial Records and Official Documents, 1951-1985.  Box 25, Folders 5-7.

Series 8. Printed Material, 1955-1986.  Box 26, Folders 1-15; Box 27, Folders 1-5.

 Subseries 1. Periodicals and Articles, 1955-1986.
 Subseries 2. Brochures, Pamphlets, Book Jacket Copy, Jacket Art, 1963-1985.
 Subseries 3. Clippings, 1948-1979.

Series 9. Essays and Other Material about JW.  Box 27, Folders  6-8.

Series 10. Interviews.  Box 27, Folders 9-10.

Series 11. Photographs.  Box 27, Folders 11-15.

Series 12. Miscellaneous Items.  Box 27, Folders 16-17; Box 28.

Series 13. Oversized Material: Galley Proofs, Maps, Letters. Oversize Box 3.

Addendum:  Supplementary Materials to first accession of JW's papers were received from his widow July 15, 1998. Boxes 29 and 30.


Acronyms Used in Finding Aid to Designate Certain of JW's Works (including working titles and unpublished works):

Augustus = A
The Broken Landscape = BL
Butcher's Crossing = BC
English Renaissance Poetry = ERP
The Necessary Lie = NL
Nothing But the Night = NBN
Poems: New and Selected = PNS
The Shape of Air = SOA
The Sleep of Reason = SOR
Splendid in Ashes = SIA
Stoner = S


Series 1.  Vitae and Bibliographies (Box 1)

Several vitae and abbreviated bibliographies.  A fuller bibliography (which, however, contains several errors) is in the Denver Quarterly, (Winter, 1986) in Series 8 (Box 26, Folder 5).

Box 1

 1. Vitae (l968-l985), and bibliographies.


Series 2.  Personal Correspondence (Boxes 1-3)

Personal correspondence with persons of literary note, arranged alphabetically; from persons responding to JW's works, i.e., fan mail; from hometown residents and from JW's high school teachers; and miscellaneous personal correspondence.
 

Subseries 1. Persons of Literary Note

Personal correspondence with literary figures. Professional correspondence with these persons may be found throughout Series 2.  Highlights of subseries include: two letters from J. V. Cunningham (Box 1, Folder 4), one praising Stoner, and another praising Augustus; letter from R. F. Fitzgerald praising Stoner; letter from Janet Lewis (Box 1, Folder 9) in which she likens (at great length) the "method" used in Butcher's Crossing to that used in Stephen Crane's "The Open Boat"; letter from Hilary Masters, son of Edgar Lee Masters, in which he briefly mentions his admiration for Stoner, Augustus, and Butcher's Crossing; letter from Robert Penn Warren (Box 2, Folder 7) praising Stoner ; letter from Yvor Winters to Alan Stephens (Box 2, Folder 4) critiquing Stephens's poetry and praising JW's review of Winters's Collected Poems.

Box 1  (continued)

 2. Aaron through Barth.
 3. Bogan through Cifelli.
 4. Cunningham through  H. Davis.
 5. A. Davis through Drummond.
 6. Epstein through Howe.
 7. Humphries.
 8. Inglis through Johnson.
 9. Justice through Loomis.
 10. Willard "Butch" and George (JW's sister) Marsh (1 of 4).
 11. Willard "Butch" and George (JW's sister) Marsh (2 of 4).
 12. Willard "Butch" and George (JW's sister) Marsh (3 of 4).
 13. Willard "Butch" and George (JW's sister) Marsh (4 of 4).
 14. Masters through Murdoch.
 15. Nieman through Pack.

Box 2

 l. Pawlowski through Rosten.
 2. Shumway through Smart.
 3. C. Smith through Stafford.
 4. Stephens.
 5. Stevens through Taylor.
 6. Wakefield.
 7. Warren through Weinstein.
 8. Whitehead through Williams.
 

Subseries 2.  From JW's Readers

Correspondence from JW's readers.  Letters congratulating JW for the National Book Award are also included.  Fan mail from notable persons is found in Subseries 1.  This subseries contains an exchange between Leon Dickinson and JW regarding how much of Stoner's depiction of the University of Missouri faculty is "true" (Box 2, Folder 10).

Box 2  (continued)

 9. Letters about NBN, BC, NL, etc.
 10. Letters about S.
 11. Letters about A (1 of 2).
 12. Letters about A (2 of 2).
 13. Congratulations for National Book Award, 1973.
 14. Congratulations for National Book Award, 1973; about SOR, 1981-1982.
 

Subseries 3.  From JW's Hometown, High School, and Fellow Students.

Box 3

 1. JW's hometown, high school teachers, and fellow students, 1960-1978.
 

Subseries 4.  Miscellaneous Personal Correspondence

Letter from Charles Duffy placed in Manuscript Collection - Oversize Box 3  (taken from scrapbook).

Box 3 (continued)

 2. Miscellaneous personal correspondence, 1944-1987 (1 of 3).
 3. Miscellaneous personal correspondence, 1944-1987 (2 of 3).
 4. Miscellaneous personal correspondence, 1944-1987 (3 of 3).


Series 3.  Professional Correspondence (Boxes 4-7)

Correspondence with agents, book publishers, and journals; editorial correspondence (JW as editor); correspondence regarding national awards, honors, and grants received; letters soliciting from JW evaluations and recommendations of candidates for awards, grants, and publications; invitations to JW for visiting academic appointments, readings, and lectures; university-related correspondence (University of Denver); letters of recommendation; correspondence soliciting JW's opinions on various matters; and miscellaneous correspondence.
 

Subseries 1.  Publishing Correspondence

Publishing correspondence containing letters to and from agents and book publishers; regarding copyrights, permissions, book rejections, journal acceptances and rejections; of inquiry from JW to publishers; and from journals and book publishers soliciting works and reviews from JW.  Correspondence to and from book publishers and journals may also be found in file of letters from Marie Rodell, agent.  Several items are worthy of note, including seven testimonials (Box 4, Folder 4) sent by Dan Wakefield to Marie Rodell, agent, written to persuade publishers to reprint Stoner.  Testimonials are by Harry Crews, Shane Stevens, Miller Williams, John Frederick Nims, Seymour Epstein, Shaun O'Connell, and Dan Wakefield; papers also include a letter (Box 4, Folder 8) from a lawyer advising that Stoner be checked for any resemblance of fictional characters to real persons; four letters (Box 4, Folder 10) from Harry Crews, Miller Williams, Shaun O'Connell, and William Peden praising Augustus (for marketing purposes).  Letter from Alan Williams (June 29, 1972) to JW with attached oversized map showing the Empire of Augustus, along with artist's layout of map, stored in Manuscript Collection Oversize Box 3.  Also of note are letters (Box 4, Folder 12) to and from JW involving a controversy begun by Yvor Winters accusing JW of plagiarizing his ideas about poetry in JW's editing of Renaissance English Poetry.  Letters to and from Yvor Winters are included.

Box 4

 1. Alan Swallow, Alan Swallow, Publisher, 1946-1973.
 2. Barthold Fles, Agent, 1951-1959.
 3. Marie Rodell, Agent (regarding novels), 1963-1972 (1 of 3).
 4. Marie Rodell, Agent (regarding novels), 1963-1972 (2 of 3).
 5. Marie Rodell, Agent (regarding novels), 1963-1972 (3 of 3).
 6. Marie Rodell, Agent (regarding poetry), 1959-1972.
 7. MacMillan, 1958-1962.
 8. Viking Press, 1959-1983 (1 of 3).
 9. Viking Press, 1959-1983 (2 of 3).
 10. Viking Press, 1959-1983 (3 of 3).
 11. Viking Penguin, 1976-1983; Allen Lane, 1973.
 12. Victor Golancz, Ltd., 1960; Doubleday (Anchor Books); Yvor Winters.
 13.  Doubleday, 1965-1973.

Box 5

 1. Copyrights and permissions, 1949-1989.
 2. Book rejections, 1946-1983.
 3. Journal acceptances and rejections, 1945-1985 (1 of 2).
 4. Journal acceptances and rejections, 1945-1985 (2 of 2).
 5. Inquiries to publishers, 1960-1962; Solicitations from publishers, 1947-1987.
 

Subseries 2.  Editorial Correspondence
 

JW's correspondence  as editor of Matrix (1947-1954), as editor at Alan Swallow, Publisher (1948-1951), as editor of Twentieth-Century Literature (1952-1954), and as editor of the University of Denver Quarterly (1965-1980).
 

Box 5  (continued)

 6. Matrix, 1947-1949; Alan Swallow, Publisher, 1948-1951; Twentieth-Century Literature, 1952-1954.
 7. University of Denver Quarterly, 1965-1980 (1 of 4).
 8. University of Denver Quarterly, 1965-1980 (2 of 4).
 9. University of Denver Quarterly, 1965-1980 (3 of 4).
 10. University of Denver Quarterly, 1965-1980 (4 of 4).

Subseries 3.  Correspondence Regarding Awards Received

Correspondence regarding national awards, honors, and grants received by JW.  For letters of congratulations to JW for  receiving National Book Award, see Series 2, Subseries 2.  Significant items are letters to Irving Howe (Folder 11)  regarding Howe's role as reference for JW in application for a Rockefeller grant.

Box 5 (continued)

 11. Letters regarding Rockefeller grant, 1966-1967; Who's Who in the West, 1966.
 12. Letters regarding NEA Award, 1966-1969; Texas Institute of Letters Award, 1973; Dictionary of Literary Biography, 1979-1980; Contemporary Novelists, 1980; Guggenheim Fellowship materials, 1983-1985; Guggenheim Fellowship Award, 1985;  American Academy & Institute of Arts and Letters Award, 1985.
 

Subseries 4.  Correspondence Soliciting Recommendations

Correspondence soliciting evaluations and recommendations of candidates for awards, grants, and publications.

Box 6

 1. Letters regarding Book-of-the-Month Club Award, 1967-1970; Hopwood Fiction Award (includes list of judges), 1966-1970.
 2. Letters regarding Rockefeller Scholarships and Grants, 1967-1969; Bread Loaf Fellowships, 1967-1969; Miscellaneous awards, 1960-1982.
 

Subseries 5.   Professional Invitations

Invitations to JW for visiting academic appointments, lectures, readings, etc.  Letter from Yaddo with accompanying oversized cartoon filed in Manuscript Collection Oversize Box 3.  Correspondents of literary note include William Sloane, William Peden, and Gordon Weaver.

Box 6  (continued)

 3. Carleton College, 1965; Bread Loaf, 1965-1969.
 4. Bread Loaf (conference schedules included), 1970-1973.
 5. Brandeis University, 1970-1973; Yaddo, 1979-1980; Bemidji State University, 1982-1984.
 6. Miscellaneous institutions, 1957-1988 (1 of 3).
 7. Miscellaneous institutions, 1957-1988 (2 of 3).
 8. Miscellaneous institutions, 1957-1988.(3 of 3).
 

Subseries 6.  University-related Correspondence

University-related correspondence during JW's term as professor at the University of Denver.  Includes schedules for Regional Writers' Workshops at the university.  Notable correspondents (Folder 10) include J.V. Cunningham, Fred Inglis, Donald Drummond, Nelson Algren, and Dan Aaron.  Notable student correspondent is John Locke (University of Arkansas).

Box 6  (continued)

 9.  Departmental correspondence, 1949-1980 (1 of 2).
 10. Departmental correspondence, 1949-1980 (2 of 2).
 11. Student correspondence, 1959-1988.
 12. Letters of congratulation.
 13. Miscellaneous University correspondence, 1958-1986.
 

Subseries 7.  Letters of Recommendation

Letters of recommendation for colleagues, other peers, and students.  Notable student correspondent is Peter Taylor.

Box 7

 1. Colleagues and other peers, 1957-1984.
 2. Students, 1960-1985.
 

Subseries 8.  Letters Soliciting Opinions from JW on Various Matters
 

Box 7 (continued)

 3. Soliciting JW's opinions, 1959-1986.
 

Subseries 9.  Miscellaneous Professional Correspondence.
 

Box 7 (continued)

 4. Miscellaneous professional correspondence, 1954-1987.


Series 4.  Notes and Manuscripts: Prose (Boxes 8-22)
 

Manuscript drafts and excerpts of JW's four published novels, Nothing But the Night (NBN), Butcher's Crossing (BC), Stoner (S), and Augustus (A); one unpublished novel, Splendid in Ashes (SIA); one novel in progress, The Sleep of Reason (SOR), two abandoned novels, and seven unpublished short stories.  Notes and outlines pertaining to individual novels and short stories. Numerous handwritten and typed versions of the novels and of some short stories with revisions by the author, often reflecting a clear sequential pattern of changes. See spiral notebooks in Box 27, Folder 16, for handwritten segments of abandoned prose.
 

Subseries 1.  Novels

Manuscript drafts and excerpts of JW's four published novels, one unpublished novel, and one novel in progress. Many contain or reflect significant revisions by the author. Dates of composition are undetermined.  Galley proofs of Nothing But the Night and Butcher's Crossing are in Manuscript Oversize Box 3.  Oversize map entitled "Preliminary Map of Central Colorado Showing the Region Surveyed in 1873 and 1874," a resource map for Butcher's Crossing, has been removed to the University Libraries' Map Collection.

Box 8 (continued)

 1. NBN.  Handwritten script in three "Exercise Books" (1 of 3).
 2. NBN.  Handwritten script in three "Exercise Books" (2 of 3).
 3. NBN.  Handwritten script in three "Exercise Books" (3 of 3).
 4. NBN.  Handwritten synopsis and "cuts."  Typed script (Chapters 1 and 2).
 5. NBN.  Typed script (Chapters 3-7), including handwritten excerpts from Chapters 3 and    6 (1 of 2).
 6. NBN.  Typed script (Chapters 3-7), including handwritten excerpts from Chapters 3 and    6 (2 of 2).
 7. NBN.  Revised typed script (Chapters 1-8), including handwritten excerpts from Chapters    3 and 4 (1 of 3).
 8. NBN.  Revised typed script (Chapters 1-8), including handwritten excerpts from Chapters    3 and 4 (2 of 3).
 9. NBN.  Revised typed script (Chapters 1-8), including handwritten excerpts from Chapters    3 and 4 (3 of 3).
 10. NBN.  Typed script (Chapters 1-8) (1 of 3).
 11. NBN.  Typed script (Chapters 1-8) (2 of 3).
 12. NBN.  Typed script (Chapters 1-8) (3 of 3).

Box 9

 1. NBN.  Typed excerpts.  Revised typed script (Chapters 1-2).
 2. NBN.  Revised typed script (Chapters 1-8) (1 of 2).
 3. NBN.  Revised typed script (Chapters 1-8) (2 of 2).
 4. NBN.  Typed script (Chapters 1-11); chapters re-designated (1 of 3).
 5. NBN.  Typed script (Chapters 1-11); chapters re-designated (2 of 3).
 6. NBN.  Typed script (Chapters 1-11); chapters re-designated (3 of 3).
 7. Background sources for and notes on BC.  Typed script of BC (Part I, Chapters 1-2).
 8. BC.  Typed script (Part I, Chapters 3 and 4; Parts II and III) (1 of 5).
 9. BC.  Typed script (Part I, Chapters 3 and 4; Parts II and III) (2 of 5).
 10. BC.  Typed script (Part I, Chapters 3 and 4; Parts II and III) (3 of 5).
 11. BC.  Typed script (Part I, Chapters 3 and 4; Parts II and III) (4 of 5).
 12. BC.  Typed script (Part I, Chapters 3 and 4; Parts II and III) (5 of 5).
 13. BC.  Revised typed script (Parts I-III) (1 of 6).
 14. BC.  Revised typed script (Parts I-III) (2 of 6).
 15. BC.  Revised typed script (Parts I-III) (3 of 6).
 16. BC.  Revised typed script (Parts I-III) (4 of 6).
 17. BC.  Revised typed script (Parts I-III) (5 of 6).
 18. BC.  Revised typed script (Parts I-III) (6 of 6).

Box 10

 1. BC.  Typed script edited by the publisher (Parts I-III) (1 of 6).
 2. BC.  Typed script edited by the publisher (Parts I-III) (2 of 6).
 3. BC.  Typed script edited by the publisher (Parts I-III) (3 of 6).
 4. BC.  Typed script edited by the publisher (Parts I-III) (4 of 6).
 5. BC.  Typed script edited by the publisher (Parts I-III) (5 of 6).
 6. BC.  Typed manuscript edited by the publisher (Parts I-III) (6 of 6).
 7. BC.  Typed script with revisions (1 of 5).
 8. BC.  Typed script with revisions (2 of 5).
 9. BC.  Typed script with revisions (3 of 5).
 10. BC.  Typed script with revisions (4 of 5).
 11. BC.  Typed script with revisions (5 of 5).

Box 11

 1. Notes and chronology of events for Stoner (The Matter of Love).  Handwritten script of S (Chapters 1-3).
 2. S.  Handwritten script (Chapters 4-18) (1 of 5).
 3. S.  Handwritten script (Chapters 4-18) (2 of 5).
 4. S.  Handwritten script (Chapters 4-18) (3 of 5).
 5. S.  Handwritten script (Chapters 4-18) (4 of 5).
 6. S.  Handwritten script (Chapters 4-18) (5 of 5).
 7. S.  Revised typed script (Chapters 1-2).

Box 12

 1. S.  Typed script (Chapters 1-17) (1 of 12).
 2. S.  Typed script (Chapters 1-17) (2 of 12).
 3. S.  Typed script (Chapters 1-17) (3 of 12).
 4. S.  Typed script (Chapters 1-17) (4 of 12).
 5. S.  Typed script (Chapters 1-17) (5 of 12).
 6. S.  Typed script (Chapters 1-17) (6 of 12).
 7. S.  Typed script (Chapters 1-17) (7 of 12).
 8. S.  Typed script (Chapters 1-17) (8 of 12).
 9. S.  Typed script (Chapters 1-17) (9 of 12).
 10. S.  Typed script (Chapters 1-17) (10 of 12).
 11. S.  Typed script (Chapters 1-17) (11 of 12).
 12. S.  Typed script (Chapters 1-17) (12 of 12).

Box 13

 1. S.  Typed script edited by the publisher (Chapters 1-17) (1 of 4).
 2. S.  Typed script edited by the publisher (Chapters 1-17) (2 of 4).
 3. S.  Typed script edited by the publisher (Chapters 1-17) (3 of 4).
 4. S.  Typed script edited by the publisher (Chapters 1-17) (4 of 4).
 5. S.  Bound galley proofs (Marked on the cover for Marie Rodell, Agent) (1 of 2).
 6. S.  Bound galley proofs (Marked on the cover for Marie Rodell, Agent) (2 of 2).
 7. Handwritten and typed notes and lists of chapter contents for A (includes 3" x 5" cards).
 8. Handwritten notes for A (3" x 5" cards) (1 of 2).
 9. Handwritten notes for A (3" x 5" cards) (2 of 2).

Box 14

 1. Handwritten notes for A.
 2. Handwritten drafts of miscellaneous excerpts from A.
 3. A.  Galley proofs (Prologue, Books I and II); includes two sheets of corrections by JW (1 of 2).
 4. A.  Galley proofs (Prologue, Books I and II); includes two sheets of corrections by JW (2 of 2).

Box 15

 1. Typed drafts of miscellaneous excerpts from Augustus.
 2. A.  Revised typed script (Books I-III) (1 of 5).
 3. A.  Revised typed script (Books I-III) (2 of 5).
 4. A.  Revised typed script (Books I-III) (3 of 5).
 5. A.  Revised typed script (Books I-III) (4 of 5).
 6. A.  Revised typed script (Books I-III) (5 of 5).
 7. A.  Typed script edited by the publisher (1 of 6).
 8. A.  Typed script edited by the publisher (2 of 6).
 9. A.  Typed script edited by the publisher (3 of 6).
 10. A.  Typed script edited by the publisher (4 of 6).
 11. A.  Typed script edited by the publisher (5 of 6).
 12. A.  Typed script edited by the publisher (6 of 6).

Box 16

 1. A.  Copy of typed script edited by the publisher.  Marginal inquiries answered by JW (1 of 6).
 2. A.  Copy of typed script edited by the publisher.  Marginal inquiries answered by JW (2 of 6).
 

 3. A.  Copy of typed script edited by the publisher.  Marginal inquiries answered by JW (3 of 6).
 4. A.  Copy of typed script edited by the publisher.  Marginal inquiries answered by JW (4 of 6).
 5. A.  Copy of typed script edited by the publisher.  Marginal inquiries answered by JW (5 of 6).
 6. A.  Copy of typed script edited by the publisher.  Marginal inquiries answered by JW (6 of 6).
 7. Background notes on SIA (unpublished) (1 of 2).
 8. Background notes on SIA (2 of 2).
 9. Handwritten partial script of SIA in Composition Book  (Chapters 2-5, and miscellaneous segments) (1 of 3).
  10. Handwritten partial script of SIA in Composition Book  (Chapters 2-5, and miscellaneous segments) (2 of 3).
  11. Handwritten partial script of SIA in Composition Book  (Chapters 2-5, and miscellaneous segments) (3 of 3).

Box 17

 1. Handwritten segments of SIA.
 2. Typed segments of SIA (1 of 2).
 3. Typed segments of SIA (2 of 2).
 4. SIA. Typed script (up to page 57, with pages 32-34, 36-38 not included).
 5. Miscellaneous typed draft pages of SIA.
 6. Typed partial draft script (pages 1-135) of SIA.
 7. Typed draft script of SIA with extensive revisions by JW (1 of 4).
 8. Typed draft script of SIA with extensive revisions by JW (2 of 4).
 9. Typed draft script of SIA with extensive revisions by JW (3 of 4).
 10. Typed draft script of SIA with extensive revisions by JW (4 of 4).
 11. Typed script of SIA (1 of 2).
 12. Typed script of SIA (2 of 2).

Box 18

 1.  SOR. . Excerpts.
 2. Excerpts of SOR and abandoned novels.
 

Subseries 2.  Short Stories

Manuscript drafts and segments of seven short stories (unpublished): "The Return," "The Enemies," "One of the Family," "A Parting," "The Summer," "Wedding in August," and an untitled story.  Multiple manuscripts for several short stories; most manuscripts contain revisions.  Handwritten notes, outlines, and segments for "One of the Family" and abandoned short stories.  Dates of composition undetermined.

Box 18 (continued)

 3. "The Return."
 4. "The Enemies."
 5. "One of the Family ("A Member of the Family").
 6. "A Parting."
 7. Miscellaneous short stories and fragments (1 of 2).
 8. Miscellaneous short stories and fragments (2 of 2).

Subseries 3.  Thesis, Dissertation, Anthology, Essays

Notes, photocopies, handwritten and typed manuscripts, and miscellaneous printed copies of master's thesis, dissertation, and articles: "Preface to a Novel," (master's thesis), "The World and God: The Poems and Dramas of  Fulke Greville," (doctoral dissertation), "The Western: Definition of the Myth," "Three Phases of Renaissance Poetry" (Preface to English Renaissance Poetry), English Renaissance Poetry, "Editorial Statement" written for The Denver Quarterly, "Henry Miller: The Success of Failure," "Fact in Fiction: Problems for the Historical Novelist," "The Future of the Novel," "Fulke Greville: The World and God," Introduction to Westering by Thomas Hornsby Ferril, "Looking for John Ciardi at Bread Loaf."

Box 19

 1. "Preface to a Novel" (master's thesis).
 2. Fulke Greville dissertation.  Notes and portion of typed manuscript with revisions (Chapters 1-2).
 3. Fulke Greville dissertation.  Portion of typed manuscript with  revisions (Chapters 3-5).
 4. Fulke Greville dissertation.  Typed manuscript (Chapters 1-4) (1 of  2).
 5. Fulke Greville dissertation.  Typed manuscript (Chapters 1-4) (2 of  2).
 6. Fulke  Greville dissertation.  Bound dissertation with editorial comments.
 7. ERP.  Background materials and offprint of preface.
 8. ERP. Typed draft portion of manuscript (author introductions).
 9. ERP. Typed manuscript with publisher's marks and editing (1 of 3).
 10. ERP. Typed manuscript with publisher's marks and editing (2 of 3).
 11. ERP. Typed manuscript with publisher's marks and editing (3 of 3).

Box 20

 1. ERP. Typed manuscript with publisher's marks and editing (1 of 5).
 2. ERP. Typed manuscript with publisher's marks and editing (2 of 5).
 3. ERP. Typed manuscript with publisher's marks and editing (3 of 5).
 4. ERP. Typed manuscript with publisher's marks and editing (4 of 5).
 5. ERP. Typed manuscript with publisher's marks and editing (5 of 5).
 6. ERP. Miscellaneous typed manuscript pages with editorial markings by JW (1 of 3).
 7. ERP. Miscellaneous typed manuscript pages with editorial markings by JW (2 of 3).
 8. ERP. Miscellaneous typed manuscript pages with editorial markings by JW (3 of 3).

Box 21

 1. ERP.  Galley proofs.
 2. ERP.  Final galley proofs.
 3. "The Western: Definition of the Myth."
 4. "Editorial Statement" (offprint), written for the Denver Quarterly. "Henry Miller: The Success of  Failure." (1 of 2).
 5. "Editorial Statement" (offprint), written for the Denver Quarterly. "Henry Miller: The Success of  Failure." (2 of 2).
 6. "Fact in Fiction: Problems for the Historical Novelist."
 7. "The Future of the Novel."
 8.   "Fulke Greville: The World and God."
 9. Introduction to Westering by Thomas Hornsby Ferril, 1987.  "Looking for John Ciardi at Bread Loaf."  Abandoned essay.
 

Subseries 4.  Lectures and Book Reviews

Typed manuscripts (many with revisions) and handwritten excerpts of lectures; typed drafts (some with revisions) of book reviews.  Lectures (dates undetermined by author): "Eliot, Baudelaire, and Poe," "Allegory as Allegory," "Novelists in Gray Flannel Suits," "Reader, Writer, Critic," "And All Inferior Institutions . . . ," "The Time, the Place--and the Word," "The Cowboy," untitled lecture on the Renaissance lyric, untitled lecture, address given at 1987 Associated Writing Programs Conference, and 1986 address to Friends of the Key West Library.  Book reviews (dates undetermined by author): Heroic Love by Edward Loomis, The Venus of Konpara by John Masters, The Edge of Things by William E.  Barrett, A Separate Peace by John Knowles, The Hunter Deep by Edward Loomis, Collected Poems by Yvor Winters (unpublished review), Earthly Delights, Unearthly Adornments by Wright Morris, Jumping Off Place by Baine Kerr, Book of Changes by R. H. W. Dillard, and A Man in Midpassage by Norman MacLeod.  Various handwritten reader's reviews submitted to the University of Arkansas Press.  Letters from Jim Twiggs and Miller Williams forwarding manuscripts for review.

Box 22

 1. "Eliot, Baudelaire, and Poe."
 2. "Allegory as Allegory."  "Novelists in Gray Flannel Suits."
 3. "Reader, Writer, Critic."  "And  All Inferior Institutions . . ."
 4. "The Time, the Place--and the Word."  "The Cowboy."  Miscellaneous lectures and    addresses.
 5. Book reviews.
 6. Reader's  reviews.


Series 5.  Manuscripts: Poetry (Boxes 22-24)

This series contains written and typed notes, drafts (most showing revisions), and final versions of numerous poems. Manuscripts of some poems, such as "The Dead," contain a series of detailed and interesting revisions which could prove extremely useful to anyone interested in the process of poetic creation.  Some of these revisions are suggested by other poets, such as C. V. Cunningham and Alan Swallow.  Many of the poems have been included in his published collections of poems, The Broken Landscape, 1949 (BL) and The Necessary Lie, 1965 (NL). The collection entitled Poems: New and Selected (PNS) was never published.  A number of copies of the typed manuscripts of these collections are included in this series.  Notes, drafts, and final versions of poems written or published individually are also included, as well as a few abandoned poems. See Box 27, Box 16, for drafts of miscellaneous, mostly abandoned poems.  Includes a draft of "Key West."
 

Subseries 1.  Poems: Collections

Typed manuscripts (final versions) of poetry collections: The Necessary Lie , earlier called The Shape of Air (SOR), and Poems: New and Selected.

Box 22 (continued)

 7. SOA (later titled NL).  Four typed manuscripts, one with revisions. (1 of 3).
 8. SOA (later titled NL).  Four typed manuscripts, one with revisions. (2 of 3).
 9. SOA (later titled NL).  Four typed manuscripts, one with revisions. (3 of 3).
 10. SOA.  Typed scripts of poems in the collection.
 11. NL.  Four typed scripts (1 of 4).
 12. NL.  Four typed scripts (2 of 4).
 13. NL.  Four typed scripts (3 of 4).
 14. NL.  Four typed scripts (4 of 4).

Box 23

 1. PNS.  Three typed scripts, one with revisions (1 of 2).
 2. PNS.  Three typed scripts, one with revisions (2 of 2).
 

Subseries 2.  Poems: Drafts of Individual Poems in Collections

Handwritten and typed versions of poems, most of which were eventually included in The Broken Landscape, The Necessary Lie, and/or Poems: New and Selected, most with revisions.  Drafts of "Key West" (with revisions by Alan Swallow), "Passage," "The Dead" (with revisions by Alan Swallow and C. V. Cunningham), "Letters from Rome," and "Letter to a Friend" are especially noteworthy for the detail of their revisions.  Also includes manuscripts of translations of two long poems: Roman D'Alexandre and Alexis.  See Box 27, Folder 24, for spiral notebook containing handwritten drafts of poems.

Box 23 (continued)

 3. Photocopy of BL, including the author's handwritten insertions of the dates of each poem.     "The Land."  "The Fishes."  "An Airman Falling, Addresses His Sweetheart."    "The Wall."
 4. "Key West."
 5. Poems, 1949-1950.  "On the Key to My Bookcase."  "The Affliction."  Poems, with revisions, from The Necessary Lie.  Photocopies of the title page and Table of Contents. "Epigraph: Serenade for Us."  "The Meaning of Violence."  "The Leaf."  "To a Friend" (earlier  called "On Experience").  "For My Students Returning to College."  "The Progress of the Soul."  "An Actor, to His Audience."  "A Return"  (earlier called "Winter Landscape.")  "The Steps of Love" (earlier called "On Love"). "The Lovers" (earlier called "The Shadow").
 6. Poems from NL.  "Prothalamion."  "Cold Coffee."  "The Lover, After Some Years,    Speaks."  "Love Letter."
 7. Poems from NL.  "The Demons."  "A Winter Garden."  "A History."
 8. Poems from NL.  "Passage."
 9. Poems from NL.  "The Dead."
 10. Poems from NL.  "The Dead."
 11. Poems from NL.  "At the Theatre" (earlier version, "Act Five, Scene Two").

Box 24

 1. Poems from PNS (collection unpublished). Three typed  "Table of Contents" manuscripts.     "The Burning glass: To the Moon."  "The Aged Lover Again.""The Seasons."
 2. Poems from PNS.  "Statement."   "Act Five, Scene Three" [earlier, "The Lovers"].     "Flight."  "Nightmare."  "Ghosts." "Memories: Texas, 1932."
 3. Poems from PNS. "Letter from the North Atlantic."
 4. Poems from PNS.  "Letter from Oxford."
 5. Poems from PNS.  "Letters from Rome."
 6. Poems from PNS.  "Letter to a Friend."
 7. Poems from PNS.  "Letter to a Friend."
 8. Poems from PNS.  "Accessions to Autumn."
 9. Abandoned poems (never published).  Miscellaneous epigrams.
 10. Translation of Roman D'Alexandre (classroom  exercise). Translation of Alexis.


Series 6.  Classroom Notes, Handouts, Exams (Box 25)

Classroom materials from JW's tenure at the University of Denver, including notes, handouts, exams, class schedules, and seating charts for creative writing, literature, and criticism classes.

Box 25

 1. Classroom notes and handouts (creative writing, etc.) (1 of 2).
 2. Classroom notes and handouts (creative writing, etc.) (2 of 2).
 3. Classroom notes and handouts (literary criticism) (1 of 2).
 4. Classroom notes and handouts (literary criticism) (2 of 2).
 5. Exams, seating charts, class schedule.


Series 7.  Financial Records (Box 25)

Royalty and other financial statements from publishers and from Marie Rodell, agent, 1951-1985.  Check stubs from royalty payments from Doubleday and Co.  Various official documents, including Notice of Authorization  of Subsistence Allowance from the Veterans Administration, 1947; photocopy of publishing contract from Viking Press for Augustus, 1968; appointment contract from Brandeis University designating JW as Fannie Hurst Professor of Creative Literature, 1973; Personnel Services Agreement from the University of Florida for JW's participation in the Literary Festival, 1983.

Box 25 (continued)

 6. Royalty and other financial statements from publishers and from Marie Rodell, agent, 1951-1985.
 7. Miscellaneous financial records (dates unidentified).
 8. Official documents.


Series 8.  Printed Material (Boxes 26 and 27)

Journals, magazines, information pamphlets regarding awards, conferences etc., programs and leaflets, publishers' catalogs, book jackets, jacket copy, formal invitations, award certificates, etc.

Subseries 1.  Journals and Magazines

Box 26

 1. The Humanist, 1955; University of Denver Magazine,  September, 1964.
 2. Publishers' Weekly, October 9, 1972; Saturday Review, April, 1973.
 3. Publishers' Weekly, April 30, 1973; America, May 5, 1973; Bookletter, June 9, 1975; Associated Programs Newsletter, June, 1974 and March, 1975.
 4. Writer's Digest, June 1984, p. 34.
 5. Denver Quarterly, Winter,1986. Bibliography is inaccurate according to JW.
 

Subseries 2.   Informational Pamphlets Regarding Awards, Conferences and Workshops; Catalogs; Book Jackets

Box 26 (continued)

 6. Yaddo; Book-of-the-Month Club Literary Award, 1963; Hopwood Award, 1966;    Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, 1958, 1966; Rockefeller  Foundation, 1966.
 7. Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, 1967-1971 (1 of 2).
 8. Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, 1967-1971 (2 of 2).
 9. Texas Institute of  Letters, 1973; Who's Who: Colorado Authors' League; Guggenheim Fellowship, 1985; American Academy  Institute of Arts, 1983, 1985.
 10. Miscellaneous programs and leaflets, 1946-1983 (1 of 2).
 11. Miscellaneous programs and leaflets, 1946-1983 (2 of 2).
 12. Miscellaneous publishers' catalogs, 1950-1982 (1 of 2).
 13. Miscellaneous publishers' catalogs, 1950-1982 (2 of 2).
 14. Book jackets (NL and A); jacket art (NBN); jacket copy (S).
 15. Miscellaneous (i.e., formal invitations, award certificates).
 
 

Subseries 3.  Clippings from Newspapers and Periodicals

Photocopies of reviews of JW's novels and poetry in various American and British newspapers and periodicals, and photocopies of miscellaneous newspaper articles about JW as a writer.  Coverage ranges from 1948-1979.  Notable reviewers include Paul Engle, Anthony Thivaite, C. P. Snow, Derek Mahon,  Dan Wakefield, Peter Ackroyd, Edmund Fuller, and Jimmy Breslin.  Folder 5 contains a news photo of JW with Allen Ginsberg, Joanne Greenberg, and James McCormick.  For JW's scrapbook collection of reviews of Augustus see Box 28.

Box 27

 1. Reviews of NBN, BL, and NL.
 2. Reviews of BC.
 3. Reviews of S.
 4. Reviews of A.
 5. Miscellaneous clippings.


Series 9.  Miscellaneous Essays and Articles about JW (Box 27)

Miscellaneous essays and articles about JW in various magazines and journals.  Also includes a review essay of Stoner by Irving Howe, A Viking Press Release Announcement of Augustus, "John Williams" entries in Dictionary of Literary Biography, Contemporary Novelists, and Contemporary Authors.

Box 27 (continued)

 6. Miscellaneous essays; review essay of S (1 of 2).
 7. Miscellaneous essays; review essay of S (2 of 2).
 8. Miscellaneous essays; Release Announcement of A; and "John Williams" entries.


Series 10.  Interviews (Box 27)

Miscellaneous interviews of JW, including an abandoned interview for Dust and the final interview for Dust (Winter, 1966). See also interview in Denver Quarterly (Winter 1986), pp. 11-31 (Box 22, Folder 4).

Box 27

 9. Interviews, Winter, 1966 to June 9, 1985 (1 of 2).
 10. Interviews, Winter, 1966 to June 9, 1985 (2 of 2).
 


Series 11.  Photographs (Box 27)

Photographs of JW during his tenure at the University of Denver; at Bread Loaf Writers' Conference (taken by Paul Child, husband of Julia Child); at Jackson Hole with his wife (photograph taken by William Stafford); and at Tucson, Arizona.  Literary figures appearing in photographs include Seymour Epstein, Ray West, Verlin Cassill, and Bill Peden.  Dates and locations of photographs determined by JW; many are not known by JW.

Box 27 (continued)

 11. University of Denver, 1960s.
 12. Four photos, Bread Loaf, c. 1968 or 1969; one photo with Epstein, 1960s; one photo with    (left to right) West, Cassill, and Peden, late 1960s, probably in Vermont.
 13. Photo series, University of Denver, late 1960s or early 1970s; ten photos, Tucson,    Arizona, 1973.
 14. One photo,  Jackson Hole, with wife, Nancy Williams; two photos, 1970s; ten photos,    date and location unidentified.
 15. Six photos, date and place unidentified; two photos, date and place unidentified.


Series 12.  Miscellaneous Items (Boxes 27 and 28)

Includes spiral notebooks containing handwritten notes on early French language and drafts of miscellaneous poetry and prose, including a draft of "Key West."  Includes other miscellaneous items such as a typed copy of JW's acceptance speech for the National Book Award and authorial queries for Viking Press regarding Augustus, and JW's scrapbook collection of reviews of Augustus.  Many other items are unidentified.
 

Box 27 (continued)

 16. Early French notes; miscellaneous poems and prose, draft of "Key West."
 17. Acceptance speech; authorial queries; unidentified items.

Box 28

 1. Scrapbook collection.


Addendum:  Supplementary materials to first accession of JW's papers were received from his widow July 15, 1998.

Box 29

 1. Correspondence, 1944-1993.
 2. The Tent. Two unfinished scripts of novel and background materials.
 3. Splendid in Ashes (unpublished). One script with JW's marks.
 4. The Sleep of Reason. Two unfinished scripts of novel, segments of novel, and background materials (1 of 2).
 5. The Sleep of Reason. Two unfinished scripts of novel, segments of novel, and background materials (2 of 2).
 6. The Broken Landscape. One script with JW's marks.
 7. Accessions: New and Selected Poems (unpublished). Notes and draft segments.

Box 30

 1. Accessions: New and Selected Poems (unpublished). Three scripts.
 2. "In the American Grain: The Importance of William Carlos Williams." Two scripts with extensive revisions by JW. One computer-generated script. Published in the Colorado Review, XXIV, 2 (Fall, 1997).
 3. Notes for Butcher's Crossing and Stoner. Various outlines, including one addressing reasons for writing Augustus. JW's artistic statement.
 4. Classroom notes.
 5. Royalty statements and publication contract for The Necessary Lie.
 6. "The 'Western': Definition of the Myth." Published copy extracted from The Nation. Photocopy of Augustus excerpt included in a composition textbook. Printed copy of "Editorial Statement" for Denver Quarterly. Offset printing of "Fact in Fiction: Problems for the Historical Novelist." Photocopy of "Fulke Greville: The World and God" (Denver Quarterly, 1975).
  7. Materials concerning American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters Award and Rockefeller Foundation Grant.
  8. Clippings and photocopies of reviews of JW's novels and of articles regarding JW's career. Includes three articles on the John Williams' Symposium held in 1986 at the University of Denver.
  9. Script of an essay of an essay on S written by Gordon Weaver. Script of an essay on A written by John Stark. Copy of a Master's Thesis on BC, S, and A.
 10. Two printed interviews with JW. One audiocassette tape of 1993 Ozarks at Large: Arkansas Voices interview with JW broadcast on NPR station KUAF. One audiocassette tape of JW's speaking at 14th Upper Midwest Writer's Conference in 1982. Script of address delivered, presumably at the University of Denver, on BC, S, and A and the genre of the historical novel.
 11. Obituaries and death certificate.
 12. Photographs. Assorted, undated photographs of JW (singles and group shots). Most persons in photos are not identified, but one shows JW with William Harrison, Tom Lynch, James Whitehead, Michael Heffernan, and Jim Harrison; another photo shows JW with William Sloane at Bread Loaf. Some photos are from JW's Air Force service.
 13. Certificates-Phi Beta Kappa and Professor Emeritus status at University of Denver.



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